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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What argument about the mass extinction of large mammals does Diamond argue against?
(a) The arrival of humans
(b) Killer bees
(c) Rapid diseases
(d) Climate change

2. Plant and animal domestication led to which of the following?
(a) Increased hunger
(b) Less warfare
(c) Denser human populations
(d) Sparser societies

3. Why did the transition to food production not happen earlier?
(a) There were no tools for food production
(b) Wild animals were widely available
(c) People were involved in creating weapons
(d) Wild plants were not available

4. The Maori and Moriori had what in common?
(a) Goals
(b) Ancestors
(c) Weapons
(d) A government

5. All people were once what?
(a) Wheat producers
(b) Immune to diseases
(c) Hunters and gatherers
(d) Fiefdoms

Short Answer Questions

1. Which large mammal was found in Australia about the time humans arrived?

2. What weapons did the Spanish have in their encounter with the Incas?

3. Which of the following did domestic livestock not provide people?

4. The idea that there is a sharp divide between nomadic hunter-gatherers and sedentary food producers is what?

5. What animal was domesticated in southwest Asia?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Diamond argue that wealth and power are distributed unevenly across the globe?

2. How are seeds dispersed?

3. What made the spread of Austronesian culture possible?

4. What is Diamond's objective in studying the societies of Polynesia?

5. What are the four different types of societies that Diamond discusses?

6. How is climate used as an explanation for the uneven distribution of wealth and power?

7. Why did societies in New Guinea and Australia develop differently?

8. Why does Diamond object to many of the traditional views on the uneven distribution of wealth and power?

9. Why did Australia not develop writing or complex societies as early as other groups, according to Diamond?

10. What advantages did the Bantu have over other African groups?

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